Only two degrees of separation from idiocy,
yet so much more seductive.
Zizek thinks you’re deepest in its throes
when you most adamantly deny its embrace.
Once ensnared in the center of her web,
the black widow spider devours all relevant facts,
and only a catastrophic Event
can catapult you into Reality.

Wouldn’t a couple of harmless facts do?
All wars are horrific.
Trickle down economics doesn’t work.

The problem with the acceptance of true facts
as a basis for trumping ideology
(No disrespect to the directionally-challenged Appalachian saying)
“You can’t get there from here.”


Michaeleen Kelly is an Emerita Professor of Philosophy at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her poetry has been published in Grey Wolfe Press, Dunes Review, Main Street Rag anthologies and Blue Collar Review. She has won the Dyer-Ives Poetry Contest twice and is working on her third poetry-instrumental CD.

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